Some clip from a President Obama speech was on the radio this morning and I was too tired to turn it off. As he droned on, I finally realized why I find his vocal style so grating — it’s the teleprompter. Obama doesn’t read a chunk of the text, internalize it, and then speak it. He just reads the text as it goes by so you get all these unnatural pauses based on the line breaking by the text layout code rather than those a human would insert. If Obama were replaced by an Japanese robot, who could tell? Except it would probably be more human sounding.